Steelers Shrugging Off Loss, Looking Forward

Dupree: “Nobody was getting decapitated”

Josh Rowntree
September 09, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Sunday night was, to put it bluntly, a disaster for the Steelers. 

Tom Brady, once again, carved up the defense. The offense looked to never find a rhythm. Even the special teams lacked explosiveness or crispness. 

But it was just one game. And that is the mentality the Steelers had as they met with the media Monday afternoon, just hours after a 33-3 loss in New England. 

”There's a lot of stuff that we did wrong, a lot of stuff we can change,” linebacker Bud Dupree said. “It's nothing catastrophic. Nobody was getting bullied off the ball. Nobody was getting decapitated."

Brady, who watched his sixth Super Bowl banner be unveiled before the game, exploited Pittsburgh’s defense for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Much of his work came over the middle of the field, where the Steelers looked slow and outmatched.

"I was on (Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman) one time in the slot,” Dupree said. “I knew he was going to throw the ball right away. And he did. He threw it right to him. He knows where he's going with the ball off the dribble."

But Brady is now in the rear view mirror, for now. And the Steelers have to go back through the harsh watch that was Sunday night. The bad, the really bad, the horrendous, all of it. 

“I like to think that everything just flew off and everything was wrong, so we can say that’s not going to happen again,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “We did some things right. Not every play was a minus, but I’m going to treat it like every play was. I plan on attacking it today, tomorrow, the next day, until we get to Sunday. I’ll just get ready to kick some butt.”

The Steelers welcome Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks to Heinz Field this weekend. 

The defense will be in for another challenge against a star quarterback. But the offense will face a strong test, too. 

Pittsburgh managed only 32 rushing yards on 13 attempts, with James Conner accounting for just 21 of that. His offense, with Ben Roethlisberger passing the ball 47 times for 276 yards, looked lost without the likes of Antonio Brown in the receiving corps. 

“It’s just week one,” Conner said. “If we let that define us for the rest of the season, then shame on us. We won’t let that happen.”

“Usually, when we go up there, we lose pretty bad,” guard David DeCastro added. “But it’s just one game and nothing to lose hope over.”

The positive news is that the performance probably can’t get much worse. But, with Seattle coming in on Sunday, followed by a trip to the West Coast, where Mike Tomlin’s teams have perpetually struggled, it may not be too early to have some long-term concerns on how things have begun.

“Next game mentality,” cornerback Mike Hilton said. “It’s not the end of the world. It’s the first game of the season. Nobody’s stressing, nobody’s upset. We’re all getting ready for next week. We’ve got a lot of adjustments to make and we’ll be ready.”